East Ramapo and Elia- Public Meeting to Determine Fate of $3M

A School District Whose Children Have Been Raped of an Education and $3M in State Aid

It does not matter in East Ramapo whether you are Orthodox, ultra-Orthodox, secular, Hispanic, Black, White, or Green because all of East Ramapo’s children have been deprived of an education.

In the public schools in East Ramapo despite the best efforts of teachers, parents and activists the resources have been scarce and the schools in disrepair, leaving the public school children to study without proper textbooks,  in classrooms known to leak during rainstorms. The schools of that district barely offer core classes. There are few art classes, if any and music is a luxury.

The public schools in East Ramapo, once the best in the State, lack the resources necessary to provide an education consistent with New York State mandates. Funding is grossly inadequate and the Board of Education, comprised in disproportionate part of ultra-Orthodox men blames the State.

There is no acknowledgement on the part of the Trustees of the East Ramapo Board of Education and their spokespeople that money has been siphoned off for years for the ultra-Orthodox and Orthodox religious education. The premise has been that there are more private school, Yeshiva educated children and more resources should be provided for their edcuation. Separation of Church and State be damned.

In contrast the private Yeshivas, funded with public taxpayer money, have the resources but the children are deprived an education by an establishment which actively chains them to functional illiteracy, mathematical ignorance and a non-science based religious education… in Yiddish. Separation of Church and State, an unknown concept.

 

Presently there is a public meeting at Rockland Community College, located in East Ramapo intended to explain how $3M in New York State aid will be allocated. Perhaps Church and State can walk on separate sides of the road….

Lohud reported on September 27, 2016

Full-day kindergarten and other programs will start Oct. 6

The state education commissioner has approved the East Ramapo school district’s plan for using $3 million in state aid to create universal full-day kindergarten and restore arts programs in grades K-6, among other initiatives.

Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said Monday that she had given her blessing to the plan, and also said she would join state-appointed monitors Charles Szuberla and John Sipple at a public meeting to discuss the initiatives at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Rockland Community College’s Cultural Arts Center, 145 College Road, Ramapo.

Full-day kindergarten and other programs will start Oct. 6, according to a district spokesperson.

The district conducted its own public hearing to receive community input on the expenditure plan on Sept. 7. The school board approved the plan on Sept. 13 and it was submitted to Elia on Sept. 20.

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“These plans represent the district’s path forward to ensure progress continues and to ensure the educational rights of every East Ramapo student are met,” Commissioner Elia said in a statement. “Chuck Szuberla, John Sipple and Superintendent Wortham have worked as quickly as possible to put a long-term strategic academic and fiscal improvement plan in place that is both thorough and thoughtful. It continues the work already done to repair the trust of the East Ramapo community, while recognizing there is still work to do.”

The $3 million in supplemental funding was approved under a state oversight law that required the development of the strategic academic plan, as well as a comprehensive expenditure plan, in consultation with Szuberla.

In 2012, East Ramapo went from full-day to half-day kindergarten amid $14 million worth of budget cuts. Last year, two sections were added. Four new full-day kindergarten classes were included in the district’s $224 million budget approved by voters in May.

Here’s what’s being proposed for the $3 million:

  • $1.2 million to hire six monolingual kindergarten teachers and four bilingual kindergarten teachers.
  • Up to 11 sections of full-day kindergarten would be created, depending upon the number of children who enroll.
  • The bulk of kindergarten funding, $670,000, would go towards salaries, while the remainder would cover classroom materials, instructional technology and building adjustments to accommodate new classes.
  • Restoring art, music, dance and theater classes for students in grades K-6 will cost around $1.7 million.
  • The district aims to hire 12 teachers for arts instruction, the majority of whom were previously laid off and are on the preferred eligibility list (PELL).

The strategic plans can be found on the East Ramapo Central School District website.

To read the article in its entirety click here.

Protecting the Elderly: What Are NYS Assembly Members Doing? NOTHING!!!

joel-landauallure

 

To: Walter Mosley <waltertmosley@gmail.com>; Joseph Yanis <yanisj@assembly.state.ny.us>; “cymbros@assembly.state.ny.us” <cymbros@assembly.state.ny.us>; Monica Miller <millerm@assembly.state.ny.us>; Kristin Williams <williamsk@assembly.state.ny.us>; Cathy Peake <peakec@assembly.state.ny.us>; Adrienne Knoll <knolla@assembly.state.ny.us>; JoAnn VanSlyke <vanslykej@assembly.state.ny.us>; JoAnne Simon <simonj@assembly.state.ny.us>; “felder@nysenate.gov” <felder@nysenate.gov>; “ott@nysenate.gov” <ott@nysenate.gov>; “bender@nysenate.gov” <bender@nysenate.gov>; Susan Serino <serino@nysenate.gov>; “farley@nysenate.gov” <farley@nysenate.gov>; “golden@nysenate.gov” <golden@nysenate.gov>; “hassellt@senate.state.ny.us” <hassellt@senate.state.ny.us>; Brad Hoylman <hoylman@nysenate.gov>; “eli@bradhoylman.com” <eli@bradhoylman.com>; “larkin@senate.state.ny.us” <larkin@senate.state.ny.us>; “little@nysenate.gov” <little@nysenate.gov>; “martins@nysenate.gov” <martins@nysenate.gov>; “montgome@nysenate.gov” <montgome@nysenate.gov>; Terrence P. Murphy <murphy@nysenate.gov>; “panepinto@nysenate.gov” <panepinto@nysenate.gov>; “grivera@nysenate.gov” <grivera@nysenate.gov>; “seward@nysenate.gov” <seward@nysenate.gov>; Catharine Young <cyoung@nysenate.gov>; Office of Assembly Member Dick Gottfried W. Paster <pasterw@assembly.state.ny.us>; Alyssa Jacobs <jacobsa@nyassembly.gov>; “braunsteine@assembly.state.ny.us” <braunsteine@assembly.state.ny.us>; “cahillk@assembly.state.ny.us” <cahillk@assembly.state.ny.us>; “clarkb@assembly.state.ny.us” <clarkb@assembly.state.ny.us>; “dinowij@assembly.state.ny.us” <dinowij@assembly.state.ny.us>; “galefs@assembly.state.ny.us” <galefs@assembly.state.ny.us>; “garbarinoa@assembly.state.ny.us” <garbarinoa@assembly.state.ny.us>; “goodella@assembly.state.ny.us” <goodella@assembly.state.ny.us>; “gunthea@assembly.state.ny.us” <gunthea@assembly.state.ny.us>; “hevesia@assembly.state.ny.us” <hevesia@assembly.state.ny.us>; “jaffeee@assembly.state.ny.us” <jaffeee@assembly.state.ny.us>; “lavinec@assembly.state.ny.us” <lavinec@assembly.state.ny.us>; “mayers@assembly.state.ny.us” <mayers@assembly.state.ny.us>; “mcdonoughd@assembly.state.ny.us” <mcdonoughd@assembly.state.ny.us>; “paulina@assembly.state.ny.us” <paulina@assembly.state.ny.us>; “parker@senate.state.ny.us” <parker@senate.state.ny.us>; “chauvin@nysenate.gov” <chauvin@nysenate.gov>; “rae@assembly.state.ny.us” <rae@assembly.state.ny.us>; “raiaa@assembly.state.ny.us” <raiaa@assembly.state.ny.us>; Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal <rosenthall@assembly.state.ny.us>; “schimmr@assembly.state.ny.us” <schimmr@assembly.state.ny.us>; “steckp@assembly.state.ny.us” <steckp@assembly.state.ny.us>; Michael Stinson <stinsonm@assembly.state.ny.us>; “titonem@assembly.state.ny.us” <titonem@assembly.state.ny.us>; “walterr@assembly.state.ny.us” <walterr@assembly.state.ny.us>; “diaz@nysenate.gov” <diaz@nysenate.gov>; “lavalle@nysenate.gov” <lavalle@nysenate.gov>; “valesky@nysenate.gov” <valesky@nysenate.gov>; Kathleen Marchione <marchione@nysenate.gov>
Cc: Ibrahim Khan <ikhan@pubadvocate.nyc.gov>; Kenya Handy <khandy@comptroller.nyc.gov>; Hakeem Jeffries <hakeemjeffries@yahoo.com>; Dell Smitherman <dell.smitherman@1199.org>; Martin Nicholas (Schumer) <nicholas_martin@schumer.senate.gov>; Susan Lerner <slerner@commoncause.org>; Laast Ousman (Gillibrand)

It would be very easy and disingenuous to allow the problems of flipped NYC nursing homes and long term care facilities to be solely the Mayor’s problem in the Rivington House and CABs scandal. Ownership must be taken by NYS Governor Cuomo who appoints a failed Public Health and Health Planning Council. The PHHPC continues to ignore past infractions and certifies bad actors pretending to be long term care manager/owners in total complicity with criminal harm to the disabled and vulnerable elderly.

With all due respect you must equally be held to account. The state Assembly and Senate have  sidestepped constructing a Bill to force would-be long term care owners (privatizing non-profits in huge numbers) to REQUIRE a minimum of ONE YEAR notification to resident/patients for appropriate transition time and concurrently discourage flippers of real estate-too often one and the same owners of nursing home titles.

The question must be asked-why?

The question must be posed…why do Leading Age…Hinman Straub…HANYS…NYSHFA…NYSCAL…HCA…FQC…AHCA…NCAL… Owner/Operator lobbying groups and their PACs continue to influence your legislation when victims who are ALSO your constituents-have no voice and are slaughtered with no sanctions unless they engage malpractice attorneys or Legal Aid comes to save them???

Please listen to the Brian Lehrer radio show interview/investigation link below-revolving around the Rivington House scam…but understand this is the tip of the iceberg-the answer that the Dept of Health is “investigating the inappropriate discharge” is tantamount to having the FOX investigate the problems in the  hen house!

You need to take ownership…this is a matter of flouting the Americans With Disability Act protections guaranteed to the sick-disabled-and a human rights violation. This is also who you are as a human being with  conscience-these could be your own elderly loved ones.

Thank you.

 

NYC Nursing Homes Evacuate Patients Without Plans

 

http://www.wnyc.org/story/relocation-rivington-house-nursing-home-patients/

Aug 31, 2016
When a New York nursing home is going to close, operators are supposed to give the State Department of Health 90 days’ notice and submit a detailed plan on how patients will be transferred. The agency has to approve the plan before anyone gets moved out. But, according to a three-month investigation by WNYC, that didn’t happen at two New York City nursing homes –The Rivington House on the Lower East Side and CABS Nursing Home in Bedford Stuyvesant. Both nursing homes were bought by the same company and then sold to real estate companies for profit without giving patients, staff, or public officials proper foresight or factual information about the closures.

Cindy Rodriguez, WNYC urban policy reporter, discussed her reporting, and news that the state will investigate improper transfers of those residents that come forward.

 

Norman Seabrook – You Just Cannot Make This Stuff Up – Thanks, Walt…

 

Ex-correction union boss Norman Seabrook accused of corruption asks judge if he can go to Disney World

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/indicted-nyc-correction-union-boss-disney-vacation-article-1.2761494

Indicted former correction union boss Norman Seabrook is going to Disney World.

Seabrook, who’s awaiting trial on federal corruption charges, has asked Manhattan Federal Judge Andrew Carter to let him travel to Orlando from Aug. 27 to Sept. 4 for a lavish Disney vacation.

Seabrook and his wife plan on staying at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, a bail modification request filed on Monday says.

He needs the judge’s permission because he’s not allowed to leave the state while he’s out on bail.

Seabrook loudly pleads not guilty to corruption charges

The “Victorian-style” hotel bills itself as “inspired by historic Saratoga Springs-a late-1800s’ New York retreat famous for its spas and horse racing…” according to the resort’s website.

The hotel sits between golf greens and a “shimmering” lake, and the Seabrooks can have their choice of “stately Studios and multi-bedroom Villas, dazzling pools and a spa,” the site says. Rooms for the dates he’s hoping to travel start at $327 a night.

Federal prosecutors don’t object to Seabrook’s request, the brief document notes.

Asked about the proposed trip, Seabrook’s lawyer, Paul Shechtman, said, “This must be a slow news day.”

Ex-correction boss will hire high-priced lawyer in probe

Seabrook, 56, stands accused of diverting $20 million in Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association pension money to a sketchy hedge fund in exchange for cash.

He also accepted lavish trips in relation to the alleged pension scheme, prosecutors maintain.

To read the remainder of the article click, here.

 

 

Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Danny Chun – What are You being Paid to Provide Leniency???

 

DANNY CHUN AND DESPICABLE TAJ PATTERSON RULING, DANNY CHUN AND BROOKLYN SLUMLORDS…. WHAT ELSE IS YOUR SOUL BEING SOLD TO DO?

This weekend we were provided a tip that the same judge who ordered community service and $1,400 in reparations fro the brutal beating of Taj Patterson may also be the same judge who is allowing slumlords to fleece their tenants. And, it turns out the tip was unsettlingly correct, making us wonder whether this Judge is just another piece of the ultra-Orthodox Brooklyn food chain allowing the Hasidim if various Brooklyn neighborhoods to act with impunity.

The Tal Patterson ruling that has drawn ire amongst many who believe that the men involved should have been charged with a hate crime and given the maximum sentence. They were instead punished withe community service (which they are now arguing should not be in a “socially diverse setting.” Let’s not forget the brutality with which they beat Taj Patterson. Were it up to us, they would be standing in a black neighborhood with signs like in the “Die Hard” movie wherein Bruce Willis must stand on a corner proclaiming his hatred for blacks, but using more derogatory terms. 

Int he current slumlord ruling, it looks like the judicial friend of the Hasidic community is again going to offer leniency, again to the detriment of anyone not Hasidic. All we can do is wonder how cheaply Judge Danny Chun’s services are being offered out. We are further unsettled that it would appear that not only do they have at lease one D.A. in their pockets, Kenneth Thomson, but they have a judge sitting there where D.A. Thompson decides to prosecute.

Have you no conscience Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun? Were you not put in your position to uphold the law? Did you do so in the Taj Patterson case? No.  

 

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Brooklyn slumlord brothers accused of forcing out tenants so they could hike rents working on plea deal

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ARTICLE CLICK HERE.

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Setting the Record Stright – David Bistricer and Clipper Equity, Morality Aside

David Bistricer Asking for “Factual Correctness” – Follow-up

Lost Messiah Contributor, August 5, 2016

This past week, we were asked to correct some factually inconsistencies we had posted with our source material being The Real Deal and the Wall Street Journal which we were advised had gotten their facts incorrect. The claim was that Mr. Bistricer had not been subpoenaed by the U.S. Attorney’s office. We still question that validity of that response, providing the benefit of the doubt, we posted.

In our opinion, while U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara may not have subpoenaed Bistricer, the request for a correction opened an investigative can of worms for us. Mr. Bistricer can hardly be referred to as the fair haired landlord. His history precedes him. Surely all of the reports are not “incorrect”. Whomever sent that gmail pushed back to our blog stating:”Your readers, as you state in your mission, deserve the truth.”!!!

Well, in the endeavor to find that truth, and inspired by the request that we correct the record, we decided to do some digging. Perhaps it is no coincidence that Mr. Bastricer was de Blasio’s re-election fundraiser this past March! We have already determined that being in Mr. de Blasio’s court offers significant political and future financial clout to his players.

To “set the record straight” we have posted information a screenshot from a Facebook post dedicated at uncovering the ills of landords like Bistricer/Chitrit and Clipper. We have posted from the Wall Street Journal. We have posted an article in the New York Post outlining Bastricer’s modus operadi techniques, terrorizing tenants to inspire them to move out – most of them elderly and in poor physical condition. This is shared directly from the Haysha Deitsch playbook. We have posted a review on Yelp (one of many which we feel deserves significant attention) outlining some of the deplorable conditions in buildings owned by Clipperer Equity/Bastricer, an interview with Mr. Bastricer (for which the video is also included at the top of the page) and a clip of the Wall Street Journal Report regarding the de Blasio fundraising investigation. Continue reading

Who Would have Thought Ageing Could be So Lucrative?

 

What Happens When you Mix a Law firm, Politics and a Multimillion Dollar “Ageing” Industry?

Contributor Opinion, Lost Messiah, August 1, 2016

We are posting the following as a sort of related story to the picketing by Shlomo Rechnitz’s own nursing home employees, who seem to have more decency and care for their charges than Rechnitz. What follows is the East Coast’s version of the nursing home mafia, or at least one of them. We are fairly certain there is far more to follow.  

The AG has gone after Allure for ‘misrepresentations’ having to do with the churning of the Rivington House & CABs Bed-Stuy properties. Both of which were transitioned into luxury housing. The idea that ‘misrepresentation’ of bricks & cement are the priority for those in charge of justice shows you how ass-backward are the ethics of our elected officials.

Instead of preventing these unscrupulous amoral owner/operators from doing more harm to the frail and weak, to the disabled who cannot speak for themselves, and preventing these dangerous owners who lie about their intentions to care for their patients; it takes financial transactions to have the AG step up.  

Is it better than nothing? Yes…but not much.

Assertions of ‘supply and demand’ excuses and the parsing of deed restrictions in the lawsuit are the sole prioritized subject matter for the courts!? Killing off the disabled in sub-par nursing homes is not of any interest. The Department of Health “approves” the applications of these same owner/operators who have already been guilty of blatant disregard for the lives of those entrusted in their care.

Unless someone is maimed or dies…and a malpractice lawyer is hired (sorry, Mr. Fensterman, you would be conflicted) -these Nursing Home owners have unfettered access to more facilities, more fluid deed restrictions and more money.

Re the AG trying to stop Allure:

Context means so much…

The firm of Abrams Fensterman & Fensterman are Allure’s counselors in contesting the AG’s challenge for their effort to acquire the Greater Harlem Nursing Rehab facility and another nursing home. This case is currently being heard in Manhattan Supreme Court (Index 155305/2016). Fensterman, as already reported in Lost Messiah, has a long sketchy history and tentacles not only to Albany-and to Schumer in D.C. but also to deBlasio in NYC. We are posting prior forwarded links below as a matter of convenient reference.

Fensterman, dear Fensterman, is the Consigliere of the Nursing Home ultra-Orthodox mafia… The Rubin(s)/Landau -were the state’s DOH appointed Receivers in 2014 & were given the opportunity by a complicit NYS Public Health and  Health Planning Council (appointees of (corrupt) Cuomo) to get their foothold in this Harlem Rehab-in order to buy and inevitably (as they did with the churning of the Rivington Nursing Home and the Bed-Stuy CABS facilities) leverage it for sale. 

We also believe that they may have played financial “Twister” with Medicaid, Medicare and Workers Compensation in the process. They have employed the Fensterman attorneys as their defense team. In fact, Fensterman seems to have made defending the questionable business tactics of nursing home owners, and fighting for additional nursing homes for his clients a lucrative legal industry.

The coup d’grace is that Long Island’s Fensterman recently opened a branch of his office in Brooklyn with County Dem Boss and ‘appointer’ of  judges, Frank Seddio and his partner Frank Carone. Ready to make sure that all of the ultra-Orthodox Brooklyn owners of nursing homes and long term care facilities know who to hire as the lawsuits come rolling in. Hard to know which judges have Seddio to thank for their seats…

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/24/nyregion/reinventing-long-term-care-and-endorsing-firms-accused-of-fraud.html

Excerpt from above:

Mr. Fensterman is past chairman of fund-raising for Mr. Cuomo on Long Island, and his Lake Success law firm has donated more than a half-million dollars to candidates of both parties over the past decade, records show, including more than $17,700 to Mr. Cuomo and $43,291.25 to Senator Skelos, the Senate Republican leader. Excellent and the Fenstermans’ separate contributions include another $13,500 to Governor Cuomo.

https://michaelamon.wordpress.com/2008/01/05/how-a-long-island-nursing-home-empire-got-its-way/

Excerpt from above:

“Howard Fensterman, SentosaCare’s chief attorney, is Schumer’s Long Island finance chairman and a top fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, chaired by Schumer. Fensterman, along with the SentosaCare executives he represents, said they had supported Schumer for years, well before he acted on their behalf.”

The Sick Looting of Home Health Care

Excerpt from above:

More problems surfaced when the media got wind that Fensterman, Landa’s attorney, was lining up contributions for Cuomo’s campaigns. Both the Voice and Newsday reported that Cuomo had received donations from partners in a company under investigation. The campaign quickly returned $6,000 from Landa. Fensterman said his own donations were fine, since he was no longer seeking to become a partner. Actually, he simply had his wife, Lori, replace him as a would-be shareholder.

http://www.howardfensterman.com/in-the-news/bill-de-blasio

In October, 2013, Mr. Fensterman hosted a fundraiser for NYC mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio at his Long Island residence, where over ninety Long Island community leaders gathered to show their support for the Democratic nominee.

So while the optics would seem to be promising-this case MUST be followed closely. Perhaps in his own evaluation, the political gains for Schneiderman from newsworthy attention of the public will be considered worth the ‘sturm und drang’ from the Hasidic community-Schneiderman’s former  ‘sponsors’ and patrons?

 

 

Our Children Are in Danger – Dept. of State and Ramapo, New York

A scathing Report By the Department of State – Zoning Violations

We have attached hereto a document that we are hoping will get shared. It delineates violations by East Ramapo residents, in large part within the ultra-Orthodox community which have the potential to put school children at risk. It exemplifies a criticism of a pattern and practice of behavior within the community that feels itself immune from adhering to zoning codes. We ask that you read and share.
The corruption in Ramapo, New York is not unique to that town and not unique to the ultra-orthodox of Monsey, of New Square, of Kaisar, of Lakewood, of Jefferson Township… need we list more?
The children are most at risk. This really should be a “save the children” campaign foundational document. Must we wait until tragedy strikes?